Welcome to the online home of the Poverty Research Network!
The Poverty Research Network is an international collaboration of academic researchers from a wide range of disciplines, practitioners, and activists from around the globe. What unites us all is a commitment to studying problems relating to poverty, inequality and social justice from the local to the global level, and proposing new perspectives and solutions to fundamental challenges.
The Poverty Research Network has developed out of discussions and events supported by the University of Warwick and Glasgow, the European University institute, and Harvard’s Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, and has now evolved into a genuinely international web of partner institutions. We invite you to explore some of our central research themes, including how we represent poverty and its aesthetic dimensions; the historical entanglement of charitable giving and imperialism from the early modern era to the present day; and an interest in how different narratives of poverty and poverty reduction have been conceptualised and articulated in specific aid recipient countries. The latter interest is currently our primary focus, and is the subject of an exciting AHRC-funded networking grant for international development under the title ‘Beyond Development: Local Visions of Global Poverty’ (please see our dedicated project page for further information).